PS4 PSN Name Change NEWS: Sony PlayStation Blog confirms ID Change release and prices (Pic: SONY)
Username changes are officially coming to PSN!
Sony has finally announced that the much-requested feature will be entering the PlayStation Preview Program 'soon'.
The PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program and will become available to select users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas (you can sign up for that at the link).
Sony will be operating a similar setup to Microsoft, where you can change your name once for free and anything after that will incur a charge. The changes will cost $9.99 USD/CAD for non-PS+ members.
For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99 USD/CAD per change – or your regional equivalent.
"This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date," writes Sony in the PSBlog.
"However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games.
"If for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change."
The preview program for this feature is scheduled to conclude at the end of November 2018.
The full rollout of the feature to all PS4 owners is planned for early 2019.
This comes after months of speculation about the feature from various sources around the web.
This came after PlayStation boss Shawn Layden dropped a major hint as regards to PSN names at the PlayStation Experience (PSX) event in December 2017.
When asked about whether PSN name changes would happen in the future, the Sony boss replied: “I hope well see events occur that you wont have to ask me that question next PSX.”
According to a new report earlier this week, Kotaku noted developers around the world are gearing up for Sony to allow name changes within PSN.
As per Kotaku:
"Three people at three different game studios, speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to press, said that in recent months theyve been fixing bugs, tweaking settings, and ensuring that their games are compatible with Sonys plans.'
We look forward to more updates soon.